Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Photo
Illuminations is my favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World by a colossal margin. To me, it transcends the normal Disney label of “fireworks spectacular” as it is so much more. In fact, when discussing “Remember… Dreams Come True” last year, I carefully reclassified Illuminations: Reflections of Earth as a “Sensory Tribute to Humanity” rather than a “Fireworks Spectacular” in order to avoid having to determine which show I like more. Although half in jest at the time to avoid making a tough decision, the more I think about it, the more I realize that’s truly how I feel. Illuminations is so, so much more than fireworks (for me, the fireworks are one of the least important aspects of the show) and when looking at this photo, I realize that my favorite portions of the show don’t even feature fireworks.
I love when the lights outline each pavilion (except Morocco), and I love this scene that follows with the searchlights all meeting in the center of the World Showcase lagoon. The music and the meaning of the show hit their high points during these portions of the show, and nary a fireworks burst explodes. I can honestly say I’d enjoy the show just as much if it didn’t have a single fireworks burst during the entire show. Now, I now the general public would disagree, but I think that’s how powerful Illuminations is–it excels even without the pretty explosions. While “Remember… Dreams Come True” would also be fun without the fireworks, so much of the beauty of the show is tied to the fireworks that match the music. It wouldn’t be nearly as special without the fireworks.
I’m sure some of you are wondering ‘where are the fireworks?’ in this photo from a fireworks show, but to me this photo is better without the fireworks. It takes me right back to that chills-inducing time in Illuminations when these lights collide. I am even humming the score aloud as I type this…
Technical Details: Nikon D700 and Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens.
Disney completely out-did themselves when they created Reflections of Earth. This is by far the perfect show for EPCOT. I can’t see how they could ever replace it and I certainly hope they never try. For people who just want to see a fireworks show, there are Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios shows that they can get their fireworks fix. For people who want a truly unique and mesmorizing experience to accompany fireworks, ROE is the show to see! A perfect show from start to finish that encompasses both World Showcase and Future World in it’s story…like I said, it’s irreplaceable.
I think the Illuminations score is the most played song on my phone. The music is just incredible.
I could watch IllumiNations every night. I think the story line moves me. I would put it up there as one of my top Disney attractions.
I have to agree. I could watch Illuminations every night of a WDW trip. And I too love the part with the globe and the story it tells. Just beautiful.
Illuminations is the best thing they do at WDW! (At least since the Parade of Nations or whatever ended.) I have done many videos of it, and just over the last week have started planning a mash-up I am going to do! Found two great songs to build it on! 🙂